By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
David Backes is now bound for the AHL, as the 35-year-old cleared waivers on Saturday morning.
Placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the P-Bruins on Friday, Backes was passed on by the rest of the league, which comes as no surprise given his health concerns, along with his one-goal and three-point output in 16 appearances for the Bruins this season.
It also didn’t help that Backes has another year (and with a $6 million cap hit) left on his contract.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy stressed that Backes’ move to the waiver wire was about the Black and Gold getting younger, as well as Backes’ own health issues in a fourth-line banger kind of role.
“We just felt that at the end of the day, you do what’s best for the team, what makes you the best team,” said Cassidy. “Ultimately, [Don Sweeney] put him on waivers feeling that that was the best thing. From here, we’ll see where it goes for David.
“As a coach, I told it to the players, as a guy that you know as a dad, who has two young [kids], you always want to be careful that you’re pushing guys to play a certain way. Now you’ve got a guy who knows he might be one hit away from having some damage. You’ve got to be careful with that. I know it’s a business but that is the human side of it.”
With Backes ‘buried’ to the minors, the Bruins have gained a little more than a million dollars of cap space ahead of the upcoming trade deadline, as the team could not gain a little more than a million dollars by sending No. 42 down to the AHL.
Backes has a 9-10 day window to report to the minors, according to Cassidy.